Caroline Van Hemert (M.A., Ph.D.) is an Alaska-based wildlife biologist, writer, and mother. She studies wildlife disease and environmental toxicology in the Arctic, with emphasis on climate-related impacts to avian and wildlife health. A lifelong obsession with northern landscapes has led her from glaciers to sea and from science to storytelling. She is passionate about science communication and engaging with broad audiences about the natural world. Her essays and articles have been featured in the New York Times, Audubon, Outside, Vogue, and Washington Post. She is also the author of The Sun is a Compass, winner of a Banff Mountain Book Award.